Rescuers with the injured woman at her holiday cottage. Photo: Keswick MRT

Rescuers with the injured woman at her holiday cottage. Photo: Keswick MRT

Rescuers stretchered a walker to the door of her holiday accommodation after she injured herself on a Lakeland fell.

Members of Keswick Mountain Rescue Team then settled her into a chair in the cottage.

The team was called out about 4.20pm on Monday when the woman, who was walking with her partner on Knott Rigg above the Newlands Valley, wrenched her knee leaving her unable to descend to the couple’s nearby accommodation.

A team spokesperson said: “A team was sent to assist and after administering pain relief sledged her on a stretcher down steep bracken to the road before carrying her to the door of their holiday cottage, then helping her inside to a chair.”

The incident lasted just over 2¼ hours and involved 14 Keswick MRT volunteers.

The team was in action the following day when a walker was reported to be unwell while walking from Stonethwaite to Dock Tarn above Borrowdale.

The 65-year-old man’s brother headed uphill to find a mobile phone signal and called 999.

The Keswick team was alerted just before 2.30pm. The spokesperson said: “Keswick team deployed to Watendlath due to the grid reference on the side of Dock Tarn that was given.

“Because of the nature of the reported symptoms and the man’s medical history the air ambulance was also called and reached Dock Tarn as the first members were arriving on scene.

“Despite an aerial and ground search around the given grid reference no sign of the casualty could be found.

A team member en route to the rescue site above Stonethwaite. Photo: Keswick MRT

A team member en route to the rescue site above Stonethwaite. Photo: Keswick MRT

“Some other walkers had seen the man and reported his position as just above the tree-line on the Dock Tarn to Stonethwaite path. The helicopter could not find a suitable landing so was forced to land light on one of the only flat areas around to allow the doctor and paramedic to jump out.

“The casualty was assessed by the [Great North Air Ambulance Service] doctor. The man’s symptoms had eased by this stage and it was possible for him to walk accompanied slowly back down to Stonethwaite to await an ambulance that would take him to Carlisle for further checks.”

The 2½-hour rescue involved 14 Keswick team members.

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